The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perks seems like the work of a much more experienced director, maintaining fidelity to the source material without sacrificing any cinematic qualities, triggering genuine sentimentality and nostalgia through interaction between sound and image."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"Watson holds her own with a character more annoying on paper than in reality, but it's the boys who most impress ..."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Satisfying enough to delight younger audience members, and maybe win over a few older ones, too."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"Bravely delves into issues of incest, depression, homophobia and most hauntingly, death. And rarely does any of it feel fake."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've seen in years, thanks to his enduring and truthful script."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"Sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's an earnest indie about a troubled teen, Charlie (Logan Lerman), and his various troubled confederates -- but it does demonstrate that Watson can stand on her own."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's been a while since a movie captured so colorfully the comedy, tragedy, angst, and exuberance of adolescence."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"One of the absolute best films about surviving High School ever made."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower flutters with the excitement and terror that comes in being young and trying to find your way."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Regardless of the viewer's proximity to his or her own high school experience, "Perks" seems to get it right, precisely because it's not about a specific time or place."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"High school can be hell, but Stephen Chbosky's engaging new film argues that anyone can get by with a little help from their friends."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Like real teenagers, Watson and Miller convincingly move from glowing objects of desire to comic relief to deeply troubled human beings.""
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"A modern masterpiece..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Boasts one of 2012's best live-wire performances in the form of Ezra Miller's exuberantly gay high school senior."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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